Xiaomi Redmi 4, the successor to the Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime series, has been launched in India. The Redmi 4 comes in three variants based on storage, and starts at Rs 6,999 for the base model. Xiaomi also introduced its third Mi ecosystem product, which is the Mi Router 3C. This product will be sold via Mi.com and the Mi Home store.
The 2GB RAM+16GB ROM option of Redmi 4 will be available at Rs 6,999, while 3GB RAM+32GB ROM and 4GB RAM+64GB ROM cost Rs 8,999 and 10,999 respectively. The first sale for Xiaomi Redmi 4 will be conducted on May 23 on Amazon India and Mi.com, which is Xiaomi’s own e-commerce website. The Mi Router 3C will cost Rs 1,199 in India.
The Redmi 4 is the third phone under the Redmi brand the company is launching in India this year. Earlier the company had introduced the Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A in the market.
In terms of specifications, Redmi 4 sports a 5-inch HD display, a metal unibody design and curved 2.5D glass on the front. It has a fingerprint sensor at the back, Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4Ghz. The camera is 13MP with PDAF and flash on the back, and 5MP on the front. The battery in the Redmi 4 series is 4100 mAh.
The Mi Router 3C has 4 antenna bands, and supports speeds of up to 300 Mbps in theory, can support 64 connected devices. This is a smart router which can be controlled via Xiaomi’s Mi WiFi app, and has 64MB RAM. It has a Wi-Fi range of 80 metres. However, this is a single band router, and only has support for the 2.4Ghz band.
Xiaomi is the second largest smartphone vendor in India, just behind Samsung, and has been at this position for the last two quarters. The Redmi series in particular has proved to be successful for the company, which has expanded into offline retail as well.
Xiaomi recently open its Mi Home Store in Bengaluru, and has promised customers who visit the store, that they will be able to purchase a Redmi or Mi phone from there. If the phone is out of stock in the store, customers will be given a F-code to help them get early access to the device online.